Opinion Archive

How to Cure that Nasty Cognitive Dissonance Problem

Cognitive dissonance is that uneasy realization that the world you want and the world you have are two different things. Many people (I include myself in this) find a solution in dissonance reduction, that is, rather than merely accepting the new reality, they look for another way to keep as much of the old

The Scopes Monkey Trial Revived at Bryan College

It's a story making its way around the internet at the moment, Bryan College of Dayton, Tennessee is returning to its fundamentalist roots and obligating professors to sign a creationist statement.

Where Creationism Goes Wrong

If you’re not a creationist, the temptation might be to finish the title of this post with “on everything.” So go ahead. Say it aloud and you’ll probably feel better. In my recent article, “‘There is a book,’ but Ken Ham has no idea how to read it,” at Toledo Faith & Values (our

Can Aronofsky’s “Noah” Be Epic?

This week I have a piece on Aronofsky’s upcoming movie, “Noah,” over at our local hub for the Religion News Service, Toledo Faith & Values. In it I look at early evangelical criticism of the film—which won’t release until 2014—and what it will take for Noah to be an epic movie. I’m not one to

Well, Happy Robot Devil’s Birthday To You Too

It’s that time of the year where adults dress up in costumes they’d never want to be seen in at any other time of the year. To celebrate, Brandon Ambrosino interviewed me at The Huffington Post about Halloween and the article just went up (“Satan’s Birthday: A Brief Discussion on Halloween and Christianity”). We

The Nones in the Religious Studies Classroom

This last week, my newest post “Students of Religion Are Not Necessarily Religious,” went up at Toledo Faith and Values (our local hub of the Religion News Service). According to a new study, religion among college students is divided three ways, and the “nones” (unaffiliated) are dominating the demographic.

The Blinding Power of Bias

The power of bias is immense. It can keep us from seeing our own faults and give us an undeserving certainty about the world. Noticing the biases of others may be easier, especially if you are the unfortunate subject of them, but finding a way to convince them of those biases can feel like

Politically Coercive Religion Is Weak Religion

There are no two things that are more important to Americans like religion and politics; nothing divides us like these either. And while polite company is supposed to never discuss either of them, there are those that relish their unfettered mixing, as appears to be the case of the recent Iowa conference, “Rediscovering God
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